Festive music shows in Norfolk with plenty of Christmas sparkle

Joe Ringer brings Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas to Lowestoft and Norwich.

Joe Ringer brings Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas to Lowestoft and Norwich. - Credit: Archant

Popular singer Joe Ringer's festive show, Rat Pack goes Christmas and The Lock In Christmas Carol, half gig, half hip hop dance show and half panto amongst five shows.

• It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, December 2, 7.30pm, £18 (£16 cons), 01502 533200, www.marinatheatre.co.uk/Norwich Playhouse, December 6-8, 7.30pm, £19, 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

After playing his biggest show yet at Norwich Theatre Royal earlier this year, Joe Ringer returns with his popular festive show. Following on from a sell-out run in 2015, the popular vocalist and his orchestra will make their Lowestoft Marina Theatre debut with their brand new show, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, as well as a show in Norwich. You'll be transported to a magical winter wonderland as Joe and the company treat you to sensational seasonal singing, dazzling dancing and some masterful musicianship. From Bing to Bublé, Silent Night to Fairytale of New York and The Nativity to The Nutcracker, this is a festive musical treat for all the family. A sparkling way to get you into the Christmas spirit.


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• The Hits of The Rat Pack Christmas Special

St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, December 4, 3pm, £16 (£15 cons), 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com/Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft, December 8, 7.30pm, £15 (£13 cons), 01502 589726, www.theseagull.co.uk

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White Christmas, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, and Baby, It's Cold Outside will be amongst the festive classics from the Strictly Theatre Co's Christmas specials of their popular Rat Pack show in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Swing singers and brothers Paul & Stephen Amer will be joined by a live band including brass section performing original musical arrangements of classic and swinging Christmas songs. They will be accompanied by Ellie Darnell as well as the stunning dancing showgirls. The show promises seasonal songs and traditional festive favourites to put you in the mood for Christmas.

• The Tigerlilys Christmas Spectacular

Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, December 3, 7.30pm, £14, £5 under-15s, 01493 662832, www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk

After the success of Strictly Musicals, their previous all singing, all dancing celebration of some of the greatest show tunes, and this year's production A Night at the Musicals, The Tigerlilys return with their Christmas show offshoot. Launched by Claire Welham, a vocalist, dancer and choreographer, The Tigerlilys create productions for theatres as well as their own shows, so they know a thing or two about adding glitz to a night out. Here they will deliver an extravaganza of non stop singing and dancing. It's a fast moving celebration of the festive season sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. A night of magical entertainment suitable for all the family.

• The Lock In Christmas Carol

Norwich Playhouse, December 10, 7.30pm, £16.50 (£14.50 cons), 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Half gig, half hip hop dance show and half panto! This latest unique show sees folk powerhouse The Demon Barbers follow up their XL show by teaming up with artists from Breaking Tradition Dance Company for a new seasonal special that continues their slightly unhinged approach to their family friendly entertainment. It's Christmas Eve and the regulars of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead, it's going to be the folk and hip hop party of the year. To their dismay the landlady, Jasmineezer Scrooge, has more profitable ambitions and is preparing to launch her new business, Jazzles nightclub. Cheap alco-pops, seedy lighting and mind-numbing bass beats are all in danger of alienating the local community and ruining Christmas! Fortunately, some insightful souls are at hand to lead her back to her senses. Musicians and dancers deliver 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance. Guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send the audience home smiling.

• Swing Into Christmas

The Forum, Norwich, December 18, 7.30pm, £14.50, 01603 630000, www.jwbb.co.uk

The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band returns with their ever popular festive show packed with classic jazz and swing numbers and lots of Christmas favourites including It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Let it Snow, Santa Baby and White Christmas. This year's concert has some seasonal songs from The Rat Pack with the Big Band joined by two fantastic male vocalists, singing brothers Stephen and Paul Amer. Special guests are once again popular female vocal trio The Moonglow Sisters returning to perform some exciting Christmas arrangements. This concert is now a tradition and will have you singing and laughing.

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